AFTER HOURS WITH THE EFFIE CENTER
READ THE STORY +
In the fall of 2015, Catalyst partnered with The Effie Center, another 501c3 non-profit serving at-risk teens in Texas and McNeil High School to solve a problem. With a heavy population of 'latch key' students with no desire to go home and a sever lack of after school options, teens began to make the parking lot at McNeil their hangout.
Fights, drugs and police involvement were becoming the norm. In an attempt to provide a safe after school environment for teens with access to mentors, Catalyst was invited into the conversation and the Effie Center After Hours program was born.
That semester a mobile teen center was brought to life in the high school cafeteria. With curtains, lights, video games, ping pong, pool tables, bean bags, game tables, art stations and even inflatable bunkers for a Nerf battlefield, all it needed was students. But would a high school student really want to hang out in their own cafeteria after school?
The first week students stopped to look inside, laughed and kept walking. Only thirty students would actually come hang out. By the third week it grew to 50. Then 80, 100, 125 and 150. By the end of the school year over 400 students had check in to the program -nearly 20% of the entire student body!
Today the After Hours program has spread to 5 schools in Texas with a wait list of many more who are hungry for the positive impact it brings to the social, emotional and academic health of teens.
Mentors and Tutors from the community and volunteering their time to hang out with teens, teach them new skills, explore their gifts and passions, and inspire them toward greatness. With financial support from the Effie Center and local community sponsors, After Hours is offered at no additional charge to the school, students or their families.
And the best is yet to come.
A COMMUNITY OF:
& Thousands of students
3 Austin Locations:
Hopewell Middle School
McNeil High School
Leander High School
3 DFW Locations:
Boswell High School
Saginaw High School
Chisholm Trail High School
CREATE A SPACE WHere STUDENTS FEEL AT HOME.
After Hours is a space that is shaped by students. Chill and charge stations, basketball, board/video games, art/creative stations and more fill the room to create an environment where students feel at home.
FLOOD IT WITH OPPoRTUNITY.
In addition to our stations we often host community events and FREE Academy of Awesome Classes. AOA classes are made possible by community members who donate an hour of their time in order to spark or develop a passion in a student!
Reinforce Identity purpose and belonging.
We all share the same basic needs: Identity, Purpose, and Belonging. After we curate opportunity we flood After Hours with volunteers who bring their own passions, gifts, and life to the program.
Every conversation is an opportunity.
Walk with them deeper.
Once we realized that students actually wanted to hang out and talk we started thinking “How can we go deeper?”. The Purpose Project allows us to get to know a student, speak into their current situation, and take the next steps with them!
UNLOCK A STUDENTS PURPOSE!
The Purpose Project is our tool for unlocking a students design and purpose.
A student spends over 18,000 hours studying things in a school career, this enables them to become a student of themselves. It’s a launching pad for conversations on life experiences, strengths and weaknesses, community and more. Best thing, the only way to fail this “test” is not to take it!
Used in local middle & high schools, alternative school, youth groups, and juvenile centers/ courtrooms!
+Be a mentor +
In a student's world of change we are the constant.
- Use your gifts to engage
Optional: Use the Purpose Project to unlock a students purpose
We would love to find something that works for you.
Programs run 3:30-6:00 PM
Volunteering could be between one time a month or one time a week
ALSO, One off mentor opportunites are available thru the RROC, Williamson County Juvenile System and more.
+TEACH A ONE WEEK CLASS +
Use your gifts and experience to teach a one week class!
- Job interviews
- Boxing technique
If you can dream it we can work together to bring it to life!
From a 45 minute, one time class to as many classes/campuses as you'd like
+SPONSOR AN EVENT +
As an individual or an organization
- Dance Lessons& Dance Off
- Showing off their Hot Rod car
My dream is to fill the Gaga pit with puppies. Can you help me?
One time event, varying times
Because we are always pioneering unique approaches to engaging students all kinds of donations are helpful.
- old Board games
- Video games
- Art supplies
- Food/Snack donations
- And of course Finances and time
EVERY SLICE TELLS A STORY!
We eat A LOT OF pizza at After Hours!
Pizza is the love language of students and a shared meal opens up doors for conversation. Every student who fills out the Purpose Project and sits down with a mentor earns a whole pizza to share with their friends.
We know that this 6 dollar investment will return 100X!
HOPEWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL
1535 Gulf Way, Round Rock, TX 78665
MCNEIL HIGH SCHOOL
5720 McNeil Dr, Austin, TX 78729
LEANDER HIGH SCHOOL
3301 S Bagdad Rd, Leander, TX 78641